All Oregonians pay nearly $2.4 billion in direct medical expenditures and lost productivity due to premature death from tobacco use. That equals $1,600 a year per household. How could your family spend $1,600 every year?
Tobacco companies are spending $137 million a year in Oregon, nearly all of it at retail, specifically in low-income, minority and rural neighborhoods.
Tobacco companies use flavored tobacco as a way to market to our kids. Fruit and candy-flavored tobacco products and menthol-flavored cigarettes are popular with Oregon youth, addicting the next generation to Big Tobacco products.
|88%||Of all smokers start before they’re 18.|
The concentration of stores selling tobacco is higher in neighborhoods with minority and low-income families. What's more, the presence of tobacco ads and promotions in those stores is also greater.
41% of African American males in Oregon smoke.
Tobacco companies target stores in rural areas with lower pricing, discounts and more tobacco advertisements. And it's working—smokeless tobacco use is more prevalent in rural communities.
1 in 4 men in rural Oregon use Smokeless Tobacco
Cigarette butts are the number one item picked up on Oregon beaches. Although they look like paper, cigarette filters are made with acetate and do not decompose completely. Even more alarming, they contain toxic chemicals that leach into our water system.
In 2005, an estimated 135 million pounds of cigarette butts were dumped into the U.S. environment.
Animals eat them (yuck!)
They threaten our aquatic ecosystems
They’re highly toxic to our freshwater micro-organisms